Cass County Criminal Court

Cass County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Cass County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Cass County.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Cass County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Cass County Criminal Court

Cass County Criminal Court

Who is the prosecutor for Cass County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Cass County criminal cases will either be a representative of Cass County or a representative from Texas. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

Who can help me in Cass County?

For general information about your case the Cass County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Cass County Required Court Appearances

In Cass County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Cass County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Cass County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Cass County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Cass County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Where will Cass County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Cass County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Cass County.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sentencing in Cass County

In Cass County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Cass County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Cass County Criminal Court Locations

  • Cass County 5th District Court

    Address: 604 State Highway 8 N, PO Box 510, Linden TX 75563
    Phone: 903-756-7514 Fax: 903-756-5253

  • Cass County Constitutional Court

    Address: 100 E Houston, PO Box 449, Linden TX 75563
    Phone: 903-756-5071 Fax: 903-756-8057

  • Cass County Court at Law

    Address: 604 State Highway 8 N, PO Box 510, Linden TX 75563
    Phone: 903-756-7514 Fax: 903-756-5253

  • Cass County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: PO Box 341, Linden TX 75563
    Phone: 903-756-5341 Fax: 903-756-3514

  • Cass County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: PO Box 485, Hughes Springs TX 75656
    Phone: 903-639-7268

  • Cass County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 605 County Road 3433, PO Box 334, Queen City TX 75572
    Phone: 903-796-3891 Fax: 903-796-9449

  • Cass County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: PO Box 35, Atlanta TX 75551
    Phone: 903-796-8493

  • Atlanta Municipal Court

    Address: Phone: 903-796-7153, x116

  • Avinger Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 356, Avinger TX 75630
    Phone: 903-562-1000

  • Bloomburg Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 198, Bloomburg TX 75556
    Phone: 903-728-5323

  • Domino Municipal Court

    Address: 14555 FM 3129, Domino TX 75572
    Phone: 903-796-2843

  • Hughes Springs Municipal Court

    Address: 603 E 1st St, PO Box 485, Hughes Springs TX 75656
    Phone: 903-639-7268 Fax: 903-639-3769

  • Linden Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 419, Linden TX 75563
    Phone: 903-756-3734

  • Queen City Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 334, Queen City TX 75572
    Phone: 903-796-3891

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